* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Simon is something of a stealth/TricksterMentor that is trying to teach the rest of the team, especially Kevin, to be more functional. Simon seems to pull very sudden 180s from bumbling idiot to kicking serious butt.
** Kevin is something of a sociopath that doesn't miss his home and zaps things to get attention ([=S2Ep9=]). Let's not get started on Kevin and Mike from the first season.
* AngstWhatAngst: Kevin is in a world full of people he doesn't know, his sole companion from his old world is his dog, he's cut off from all that is familiar, and he's being forced into war. Possibly falls under RuleOfFunny, as the only time he had the opportunity to go back he stayed because his mom told him to clean his room.
* DesignatedHero: Simon is incredibly vain, selfish, arrogant, and only seems to be part of the group because [[StalkerWithACrush he so desperately wants to get in Lana's pants]]. In one episode, he even goes so far as to steal a magical arrow in hopes of using it to ''force'' Lana to fall in love with him. Of course, this is likely balanced out by the fact that he's also the series ButtMonkey, and he does have some JerkWithAHeartOfGold moments from time to time.
* DesignatedProtagonistSyndrome: Despite being the supposed "game master", Kevin's personality, or lack of personality, seems to be on par with a more inexperienced beginner, leaving him extremely bland. He doesn't even react to being in a world of video games outside of a calm "You're not real", nor does he show any concern with whether or not he'll ever go home, only staying when he heard his mother wanting him to take out the trash.
** The rest of the N-team also seems to lack any personality save for Simon... who is a DesignatedHero given his rude and self loving attitude.
*** With heroes like these, maybe having Mother Brain rule over Videoland isn't such a bad thing after all.
* DudeNotFunny: The reason why Simon Belmont was depicted in the show as he was is basically due to RuleOfFunny but lets just say that the ''Castlevania'' fanbase seems to think that the folks at DiC are the only ones who found it funny at all.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Fans looking back on the show seem to take a liking to Simon Belmont. Reasons for this include: being just more interesting than Kevin, he was flawed and thus seemed more like a real person. Showing character development as the show went on, such as: gradually warming up to Kevin season by season (That is, if you do get past on how totally different he was than in [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI the original source]]).
** Gameboy for having his moments of snark.
** Also Mike, who got only one episode but was a major part of a very emotionally-driven episode.
** Mother Brain seems to have developed a following in her own right.
* HamAndCheese: Levi Stubbs as Mother Brain. The show is worth watching just for his performance. This is probably the reason why she qualifies as an EnsembleDarkhorse.
* HilariousInHindsight: In the first episode, Kevin says "I've played ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' enough to know what I'm doing" while climbing a volcano. The actual NES game has no such level, but the 1994 GameBoy remake oddly enough does, as does ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.
** Also from the first episode, Kevin's TV is a Sony model. Might actually be a FunnyAneurysmMoment if you never liked the SonyPlaystation.
** Ian James Corlett voiced arch-enemy Dr. Wily - only to voice WesternAnimation/MegaMan himself some years later.
** In his one appearance in the series, Dracula's son Alucard was shown with light yellow, almost white hair. Several years later, when Symphony Of The Night was made and Alucard was redesigned from his ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'' appearance...
** Reinhardt Schneider, one of the protagonists in the ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'' games, bears some resemblance to the Captain N version of Simon Belmont. Both have blond hair and wear blue coats with fuzzy collars.
* HoYay: Kevin and Mike have shades. For the whole show it seems like King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard are an old bickering couple with some slight abuse issues. This is kind of helped by the fact when they go undercover one is dressed as a woman.
** Kevin and Link, in the Zelda crossover episodes.
* IAmNotShazam: Kid Icarus/Pit. One of the stronger indicators that the people working on the show had never played ''any'' of the games.
* JerkassWoobie: Simon is a self-centered, antagonistic, flirtatious... ButtMonkey.
* JustHereForGodzilla: There are a select few people who watched this show just because they found out that Levi Stubbs (a.k.a. "the guy who voiced [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors Audrey II]]") played Mother Brain.
* [[LoveItOrHateIt Love Him or Hate Him]]: Note that Gameboy appears in the entries for The Scrappy ''and'' Ensemble Darkhorse.
* MemeticMutation[=/=]{{Mondegreen}}: Captain N: The [[HoYay Gay Master]].
* TheScrappy: Difficult to say, given the multiple bastardizations amongst the supporting cast. But even fans of the show generally hate Gameboy and Kid Icarus.
* SeasonalRot: Among fans, the third and final season is the least regarded. Animation took a major step down and the running time was cut to eleven minutes so that it could be paired with ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''. Additionally, Simon and Mega Man were used less often (a result of Konami and Capcom, respectively, owning those characters and being entitled to royalties).
* SoBadItsGood: Hilariously so.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The episode "How's Bayou?" wasn't quite finished when it first aired, and as a result, several shots were missing their backgrounds. Reruns of the episode had the backgrounds intact, but for some reason, the [=DVD=] set uses the original, unfinished version, as does the version on Jaroo (the "Hulu for kids' shows" site). Click [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMx_9wgqgIw here]] to start watching the episode the way it was meant to be seen.
* {{Squick}}: The episode "Mr. and Mrs. Mother Brain". Simon ends up under the influence of a love arrow and falls for Mother Brain. Alright, that's bad enough, but later on, Mother Brain ends up falling in love with him. Okay, really gross, but then they become engaged and ''almost married'', and somewhere in between those two events Simon imagines them '''having children!''' Granted, this is all fixed by the end of the episode, but still! Gah!
** It's only for about a few seconds, but in "A Nightmare on Mother Brain Street", Princess Lana was shown having ''Mother Brain's face''! Doubles as NightmareFuel, even in-universe.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Like with WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow, many episodes featured a montage of some sort with a cover song during the show's initial run. The songs were taken out during reruns and on the DVD, and a great many of them were replaced with what sounds like a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to Music/MichaelJackson's "Beat It".
* TearJerker: "The Big Game" reveals that [[VictoryGuidedAmnesia returning to the real world will make Kevin forget the time he spent in Videoland.]] Seeing his reaction to this news is oddly touching.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: After the crossover with WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda, there was a lot of hope for an episode featuring the WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros. We never got one.
** Possibly because the Mario cartoons not only continued to air during Captain N's run, but because half the episodes of the second series took place in the "real world", where none of Captain N's episodes took place.
** It doesn't help that the VideoGame/SuperMarioBros game was mentioned in the first episode.
** Congoland and ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' are pushed in the opening credits as heavily as ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' and ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''. All the other worlds listed produce major recurring characters, but Donkey Kong? Of course not.
** More importantly, why couldn't the ill-fated WesternAnimation/{{Battletoads}} pilot have been absorbed into this show?
* WhatAnIdiot: ''Wishful Thinking'' has the N-Team coming across a magic lamp with a Genie that can grant any wish. And while Lana briefly considers it, no one uses any wishes to defeat Mother Brain or wish for King Charles to return.
** The N-Team are gone for 3 weeks during their quest to find the Warp of Life in ''Happy Birthday Mega Man''. Despite that absence, Mother Brain and her henchmen don't even attempt to conquer Videoland, nor does the N-Team acknowledge the possibility or even mentioning the villains at all.